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Old 03-31-2008, 10:51 AM   #24
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Originally Posted by TimberlineAdventure
I am about to buy a TE610, but was wondering about the 510, is it too much for a daily driver. I would be using the bike about 65% on the pavement and the rest on the dirt.
I haven't ridden either one, so I'll limit my remarks to what I know. The 610 has one of the most wonderful wide ratio six-speed transmissions in all of motorcycling. All the other Husqvarnas, including the 510, have a very narrow competition gear spacing. The upshot is a 510 will be revving very high on the highway unless you change the sprockets, and then it will not have a low enough first gear for tight trails. The 610 has a gear for everything.
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